A Note on Politics, Beer, and What’s to Come

Back in the fall of 2011 I remember sitting at a picnic table at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX and hashing out the broad strokes of an organization that would eventually become Open The Taps.


These few years later I’ve learned two things about the political process in in the Great State of Texas:

1.       Discussion and debate in Austin is filled with nuance and grey area – much more than I ever imagined, and issues I thought were purely black or white are more complex in almost all cases

Written comments submitted at today’s hearings


Below are the written comments submitted by Tony Essalih in today's Senate Business and Commerce Committee hearings for SB 515-18




** Note, original post indicated these were a written version of verbal comments. These were actually submitted into the record in writing only – Tony did not speak during the hearing itself . The post title and introduction have been updated to clarify this **


Legislative Update: Senate Hearing


The first legislative hurdle for the craft beer bills takes place tomorrow morning at 8 am when the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce lays out the four bills (along with numerous others on the agenda) for consideration.  Without getting too deep in the weeds on the legislative process, each bill has essentially five hurdles that need to be cleared before they become laws:  Senate committee approval; full Senate approval; House committee approval; full House approval and finally a signature from the Governor.